EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng
The book selection for 2018 is Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.
Everything I Never Told You is many things: a thriller and mystery, but also a look into suicide and mental health, expectations on oneself and family, race and culture in America, communication, and gender identity. The story is based on a multi-racial family growing up in the early 1960’s. Not a spoiler, as it is the first sentence of the book – the oldest teenage daughter has committed suicide. The remainder of the book explores who she was and why she would have taken her own life. This is a quick read.
A reminder about the program: Nevada County Reads & Writes is a countywide program with a target audience of 9th grade to 101 years old. Sponsored by Nevada County Libraries and the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, it is an annual event in which the community is encouraged to read the same book and then participate in subject-related events.
Programs and events will begin in January 2018, which gives all 9th – 12th grade students plenty of time to pick up this quick read. Two of the book-related events specifically target high school students: a school assembly presentation and a creative writing competition. School assemblies have ranged from author visits, panel discussions, and re-enactments of a given book by local actors, all followed with Q & A. A prompt is provided for the writing competition, which culminates with an awards event at the Center for the Arts. With such an early announcement of the book choice, the committee is looking forward to great participation this year. This book will prove to be thought provoking and educational for age-appropriate students.
The High School Writing Competition guidelines are available at each high school site – in the library or English Department – or you can download them here: